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10 Adventure Activities for Africa Adventure Trips

Friday, May 18th, 2012
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Have you run out of ways to get that adrenaline rush? Check out these spine-tingling adventure activities that you can enjoy on Africa adventure trips.


Image from smagdali

1. Swimming with elephants in Zimbabwe

Believe it or not, elephants are actually pretty good at swimming! If you’re looking for something a little bit more out of the ordinary than your usual elephant ride, why not try the Gweru Elephant Swim? Be prepared for a bumpy ride and a whole lot of splashing! One of the more unusual Africa adventure trips indeed.

2. Bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls

Travellers looking for a once in a lifetime experience should try taking a breath-taking bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge. Towering a dizzying 111 metres above the fast-flowing Zambezi River, the bridge is a hot-spot for first time bungee jumpers and veteran thrill seekers alike.

3. Climbing Kilimanjaro

Scaling the towering heights of the great Kilimanjaro is a lifelong dream for many an avid mountain climber. Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, and reaching the summit is a gruelling (but rewarding) challenge. Make sure to check out the weather before you go on this adventure trip in Africa!

4. Crocodile cage diving

The Cango Wildlife Ranch in Outdshoorn has become famous for its unique attraction of crocodile cage diving. Brave souls are sent into a pool with just a cage for protection to enjoy some alone time with a bunch of scary looking Nile crocodiles. Thankfully, the crocs have been bred in captivity so they are unlikely to attack.

5. White water rafting down the Zambezi River

If you’ve been bungee jumping over the Zambezi, the next logical step is to go rafting in the river itself. Why not try the wonderfully named ‘Commercial Suicide’ run or perhaps the more pleasant sounding ‘Morning Glory’ rapids? If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can always go on one of the rafting expeditions which range from overnight stays to five day treks. Now this is one of those Africa adventure trips of note!

6. Kloofing in Suicide Gorge

Derived from the Afrikaans word for gorge, kloofing is an adventure activity that involves plunging yourself into the depths of a ravine. One of the most famous kloofing hot-spots is 'Suicide Gorge' in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. Applicants must be prepared to swim in cold water and leap across large stretches of waterfall that can be as wide as seven or eight metres.

7. Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking gives you the unique opportunity to see rare mountain gorillas in their natural habitat on an Africa adventure trip you're not likely to forget. Trekking generally takes place in Uganda or Rwanda in stretches of land protected by gorilla permits. The trek starts early in the morning and can last up to eight hours, so be prepared for the long haul.

8. Skydiving in Swakopmund

What better way to see the sights than from above? Soar like a bird over the beautiful landscapes of Namibia with a tandem skydive or a heart stopping static line jump. Thrill seekers are driven out to the Drop Zone in the Namib Desert before enjoying a breath-taking flight 10,000 feet above Swakopmund.

9. Quad biking through the African bush

Africa adventure trips should always include a dose of speed! Get your goggles on and get ready for a thrilling quad bike ride across Africa. As an alternative to the usual game drives, many National Parks in Africa are now offering quad bike tours. Feel the fresh air rush past you and see if you can spot a herd of elephants or zebra along the way.

10. Paragliding off Lion’s Head in Cape Town

Why take the walking tour when you can fly? Tandem paragliding takes the pressure off first-time fliers so you can just sit back and enjoy those breath-taking views! Take a leap of faith off Lion’s Head before touching down on the beautiful Camps Bay beach.

Becky is a passionate traveller who blogs about her Africa adventure trips and the hidden gems she finds along the way. She currently writes for Enjoybedandbreakfast.com, which showcases unique, unusual and the truly special bed and breakfasts and guest houses from across the world.

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Cape Town to Vic Falls Overlanding Africa Travel Diary Part 4

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
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Approaching the half way mark in her 21 day Cape Town to Vic Falls overland trip, Tamzyn's affection for the Namib Desert, the creatures that inhabit it, and her overland truck, grows.

Day 10: Spitzkoppe

We spent our final morning in Swakopmund walking through enchanting streets, visiting the market squares, soaking up the German-styled architecture and crashing seashore views of the paved palm tree promenade. I gulped down a piping hot cup of local coffee from one of the many quaint coffee shops whilst looking out at the fog-covered pier and saying goodbye to Swakopmund.

Mars Landing in Namibia

Spitzkoppe Mountain Ranges

After a winding, scenic five-hour drive through the Namib Desert, our Overland truck arrived at the Spitzkoppe community campsite to explore the towering granite peaks and crazy rock formations of Africa’s Matterhorn. We set up our campsite and then hiked off on a guided expedition through the mind-blowing beauty of Spizkoppe’s striking 700 million year-old peaks; the lunar ridges rising up out of the barren flat desert landscape giving me a sense of alien perspective.

Hike up the Kopje at Spitzkoppe

James, our local tour guide, showed us the fascinating San rock paintings and told us about the rich history of the Bushman, how to use the plants to survive off the land and taught us a few choice Damara phrases and games. We climbed the kopje behind our campsite and watched the changing light and sunset colours dance across the sky.

Dancing with the Stars

Sunset at Spitzkoppe Campsite

We then returned to camp for another punch night, carried on the back of songs while we watched the energetic dancing of a local entertainment group performing around our roaring fire.

Bush Camping

After dinner we climbed the kopje again to spend our night under the clear canopy of stars, drinking in the fresh African air. This is why I came Overlanding! We settled in for the night, blessed with expansive views across the bush and out toward the towering peaks in the distance. The absolute stillness of the night tricked us into believing we’d found solitude, that is until the rumble of a snore rattled the still bushveld air and brought us back to the present. (Handy Tip: If you are planning to sleep outside in your sleeping bag, strip down to your undies. It actually keeps you warmer. Huh, who knew?)

Day 11: Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park

There is something so magical about waking up on the mountainside to a sunrise. We heard a noise in the middle of the night which sounded like a growl and Johan swore he saw an ominous shape, turns out it was probably a donkey!!

Cheetahs, Cheetahs and more Cheetahs

Arriving at the Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park we got our pictures taken with the three (sort of) tame cheetahs before driving into their main camp of ‘wild’ cheetahs for frenzied feeding time.

Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park

It was chaos as donkey meat went flying and we watched the cheetahs battle each other for the biggest pieces. We got some amazing photographs though! My heart melted for the cheetah that is blind in one eye, but still fierce and giving it horns. The park has seventeen wild cheetah, three tameish cheetahs and a fearless fox terrier (Voksie) who commands the lot. Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park was started when Tollie, a cattle farmer with a pesky cheetah problem caught a pregnant cheetah. The litter brought in tourists and they decided to convert the farm into a cheetah conservation project.

Cheetahs Fighting Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park Namibia

Licking Warthog B**ls

We beat it back to the campsite bar for a cold Namibian beer and some well deserved games of pool. The losers had to lick the stuffed pair of warthog balls hanging on the wall, though this wasn’t nearly as demanding a forfeit offered by the stuffed bull-elephant’s fifth leg.

Day 12: Australia Day

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

Australia Day in Namibia

We celebrated Aussie Day today with an Aussie style breakfast of vegemite on toast!!! We all got into the spirit covering ourselves in flags, bandana’s and tattoos of the Aussie flag before bundling back onto the truck and bounding down the rocky Namibian roads. We arrived, hot and dusty, at the Etosha Safari Lodge just outside of the Etosha National Park and all dove straight in to the cool pool where we spent the rest of our afternoon chilled with cold beers, glorious sun and good books. That night we made Dampa (Stokbrood - 'Stick Bread') round the braai. Recipe:

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt

You wrap it round a stick, cook it in the open fire and then enjoy with cheese, syrup or honey. YUM! We all almost took off running when we mistook someone snoring for a roaring Lion, and then we decided to film it for laughs tomorrow. Life on safari, is there anything better? Stay tuned for the next excerpt from Tamzyn's Overland Diary.

[Read part 5 here]

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Cape Town to Vic Falls Overlanding Africa Travel Diary Part 1

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
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Tamzyn recently enjoyed a 21 day overland adventure from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. This is the first part of her daily diary entries on her incredible Overlanding Africa experience.

Meeting the Overland Crew

Our pre-trip departure meeting has been postponed until tomorrow as our tour guide's opening speech is drowned out by the noise of a packed pool party at the backpackers. We’ll receive Innocent's official welcome speech when we reach our campsite and the need for a mime rendition is negated. I did however meet some of the interesting travelers I will be sharing the next 21 days with as well as our fantastic friendly crew - 3 Zimbabweans and a Namibian. Everything is ready for a perfect trip and awesome adventure. I have even received my nickname already - Thamsanqa (means lucky in Zulu).

Overlanding Africa Truck

Tomorrow we head into the ragged, rocky towers of the South African Cederberg Mountains north of Cape Town with the chance to enjoy a wine tasting tour before camping at one of the area’s gorgeous wine farms.

Day 2 - Cederberg:

There could not have been a greater start to the trip! Plenty of drive-by photography as we all snapshot the hell out of the some of the insane Cederberg rock formations and the most mind-blowing majestic mountains I have ever seen. Cederberg-Mountain-View

My world for sunscreen

I have committed one of Overlanding’s cardinal sins and forgotten to wear my sunscreen. The scorching sun has turned my window arm bright lobster red and it’s starting to hurt! Ouch. We set up our tents for the first night and choose our new tent buddies before spending the afternoon lounging in a clear and cool blue waters of the pool overlooking the vineyards of The Highlander Wine Estate, getting to know the mixture of characters and personalities in our motley travelling crew. Overlanding Africa learn how to pitch a tent We are a diverse bunch with everything from adventurous Aussie boys and dynamic young Danes, to a hilarious South Korean Police Officer, an entertaining older Englishman and a Canadian. Many of them are seasoned travelers of Asia, South and North America.

Star-sprinkled evenings

We spend a blissfully quite evening under a sparkling star-filled night sky at the vineyard bar before turning in to our tents for our first night on nature’s orthopedic mattress, the ground. Useful Hint: Before choosing a tent buddy asks who snores. Cedarburg Campsite View We are all extremely excited about crossing over South Africa’s largest river the Orange River tomorrow, which is currently in flood and has reached its highest level in 24 years! Our usual campsite is sitting under water, so we are crossing our first border into Namibia to camp on the Namibian side of the riverbank.

Day 3 - Orange River:

A gorgeous sunrise greets us this morning as it rises and lights up the enormous vineyards before we set off on the truck towards Namibia.

On the road

Kim’s, the Police Officer, hilarious stories of life in Korea and travelling through South America keep us laughing our asses off the entire way. Did you know: melons are imported into South Korea and are so expensive that they are given as gifts in boxes? After a roadside lunch of tomato and cheese sandwiches in the dry Karoo heat we arrive in the historic town of Springbok, our last stop before entering Namibia. The Northern Cape’s largest town, Springbok is centred round a strange hill which now shows off some of Namaqualand’s strange floral life. The Namaqualand area is known for its spectacular transformation in spring in which the dry scrub-land bursts forth in a dazzling show of flowers. The heat is frying our brains as it visibly rises off the road in front of and as we cross the flooded Great Orange River and Namibian border. Our first border post of the trip- YIPPEE!!! Overland through Africa Namibia Border Post

Felix Unite, tonight’s campsite on the banks of the Orange River has had its lower bar and lodges flooded. The pool and poolside bar overhanging the river offer up an awesome view and the best spot to watch the sun go down over the river whilst we enjoy a few pre-party drinks.

Felix Unite Deck Orange River

Orange River Punch Anyone?

Tonight is punch night and the entertainment is proudly provided by the duly appointed punch master and punch bitch! A few of us choose to play drinking games and have refreshing late night swims in the camp pool, laughing into the early hours. We are going to regret this in the morning when we have to spend 7 hours on the truck!

Orange River Namibia Punch Night 7's

I wonder if the Fish River Canyon is more or less beautiful when you are wearing vodka/beer/cane/shooter goggles. Stand by for the next installment!

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Huge Discounts on Africa Overland Trips - Even Get One Free!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
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Buy one of the following Africa Overland trips in September, depart in either September or October, and GET ANOTHER SEAT FREE! Buy one of these trips in September, depart in either November or December and get 20% off the tour price! Buy one of these trips in September and depart anytime before the 1st June 2011 and get 12.5% off the tour price! hwange.sunsetelephantcrop

Doesn't get much better than that!

Kenya, Uganda and Gorilla Trek - 18 days from Nairobi

KT Adventure - 13 days from Nairobi

East Africa Southbound - 22 days from Dar Es Salaam

Southern Safari - 31 days from Nairobi

Namib Desert Safari - 11 days from Windhoek

Southern Africa Adventure - 19 days from Livingstone/Victoria Falls

Vic Falls and Kruger Highlights - 6 days from Livingstone/Victoria Falls

Nairobi to Livingstone - 24 days from Nairobi

Namib Desert Explorer - 11 days from Cape Town


Contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com for all Africa Overland trips and advice! ** Subject to the following terms and conditions: - Both travellers must travel on the same trip and departure date to qualify for a free seat - Normal Local Payments apply - Subject to OverlandingAfrica.com standard Booking Terms and Conditions

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South African Top 10 Adventure Activities

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
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SurfDudeSouth Africa is home to adrenalin junkies galore which means we have an endless supply of adrenalin pumping activities to feed any adventurous soul.

Why not paraglide off Lions Head in Cape Town, dive with sharks in Gansbaai, bungee jump off Bloukrans, or fly in a hot air balloon over the Winelands. Skydive in Johannesburg or Cape Town and canoe or scuba dive in Durban. You name it we have it. The Top 10 South African Adventure Activities are… - Abseiling from Table Mountain - Drakensburg Rock Climbing - Tandem Paragliding from Lions Head - Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy Tour - Scuba Dive - Cape Town - Great White Shark Cage Diving - Orange River Canoeing - Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump - Tsitsikamma Forest Quad Biking - Learn to Surf - Cape Town Check them all (and more) out here! Or get in touch with OverlandingAfrica.com for trips to get you to these activities.

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